Monday, October 20, 2014

Giovanna to wed Crown Prince Leopold

October 20, 1924

It will be Princess Giovanna, third daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, and not her older sister, Princess Mafalda, who will marry the Duke of Brabant, heir to the Belgian throne, reports the New York Times.

The newspaper's article is based on an Italian newspaper, Il Mondo, which states that the engagement will be soon, "simultaneously with the announcement" of Crown Prince Umberto's engagement to Princess Marie-José, only daughter of the King and Queen of the Belgians. 

Princess Giovanna will celebrate her 17th birthday next month.  The Duke of Brabant, the eldest son of the Belgian king and queen, will turn 23 on November 3.

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